Well I hope he got a picture of it on the mat. Seemed to be quite a bit of action out there today. I was out there in a bigger boat doing a tutorial, had a quick go but mainly left it to the smaller boats.
Thanks for the detail howard, seemed to feeding alot more today. Be interesting to see what happens tomorrow with the forecast weather.
Craig also, do you find with the trevally, when they eat the poppers they tend to completely swallow the lure? Making us become surgeons to remove the hooks. Have you thought about using single hooks on the poppers at all?
Very nice Howard, first 80cm GT I’ve seen in the seaway, I wonder how much bigger they will get. I bet he fought hard too.
As for the hooks on poppers, I’ve been trialling a number of different hook options including single hooks, dual single hooks and oversized trebles. I’ve been testing them not only on the GT’s but the smaller bigeyes as well. Still a bit too early to make a definite judgement but so far, single hooks have a poor hookup rate but good retention rate, dual singles are better than singles and have a excellent retention rate but oversized trebles so far have the best hookup rate and only a slightly worse retention rate. Singles and dual singles tend to get hooked in the side of the mouth rather than down deep like trebles. Probably the best mix will be dual singles on the rear hook and an oversized treble on the middle hook.
He ran pretty hard at the start but the poppers rear treble ripped its gills open so im guessing thats why died off. It was only just alive. I was using 30lb fins with 30lb black magic fluro leader. I think it helps when you can chase them down and stay above them. I was just blind casting on the edge of a bait school too!